The LG Watch Urbane is an Android Wear watch with a premium feel, a stainless steel body with a screwless design, and a stitched leather strap. It supports LTE and you can use it for NFC payments even without a phone both very nice features and a first for smartwatches as far as we know. LG says they went this route because the device has been in production for two years, and they needed to meet specific demands from mobile operators.
The specs on two devices are quite similar as well: Both share a 1.3-inch P-OLED display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 4GB of memory. The LTE has 1GB of RAM compared to Urbane’s 512MB, and a bigger battery: 700mAh compared to 410mAh. It also has a GPS chip, making it a better outdoors device, but it doesn’t have changeable straps.
LG says they went this route because the device has been in production for two years, and they needed to meet specific demands from mobile operators. At the unveiling in Barcelona, the company reps insist that LG is still all about Android Wear, but try as they might, they couldn’t give a good explanation for what seems a pretty confusing strategy. The two watches look similar and are named very similarly, yet run on two vastly different platforms, and that means different apps. And while you can download an app for LG Watch Urbane LTE that lets it connect to any Android device, it’s still likely going to be a different user experience from an Android Wear device.
At this point, LG didn’t share much on availability or pricing for either device. All we know is the LG Watch Urbane will hit South Korea first, and then spread to other markets. The LG Watch Urbane LTE will come later. Read more…